Caldicott Enquiry
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Caldicott Enquiry

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: Report to UCL Council of independent inquiry panel

In January 2010 the Council, the governing body of UCL, set up an independent inquiry in the light of the incident which occurred on 25 December 2009 and which resulted in Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a former student of UCL, being charged with, inter alia, placing an explosive device on and attempting to blow up a US civil aircraft, and the attempted murder of the 289 people on board.

The inquiry panel – comprising four members from outside UCL (including the Chair of the panel), as well as a representative of the lay members of UCL Council and two UCL staff – was asked to explore the nature of Mr Abdulmutallab’s experience as an undergraduate student of UCL between 2005 and 2008, including his period as President of the student Islamic Society. The panel was also asked to investigate whether there were at UCL at that time conditions that might have led to Mr Abdulmutallab’s engaging in acts of terrorism, and whether there are at UCL today conditions that might facilitate the possibility of other students doing so in future.

A full copy of the report is available to download here in pdf format.